A travel guide to Illinois, United States of America providing Illinois tourism and travel information.
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Overview

Illinois is truly one of the most remarkably diverse states in America. The state offers plenty in the way of big-city culture, small-town hospitality, and serenely beautiful natural wonders. The main attraction is the historically world-famous city of Chicago with its cutting-edge arts and cultural scenes. The Museum of Science and Industry is a must-see, as well as the Brookfield Zoo for families with children. A day trip to nearby Peoria includes a visit to the historic community of Galena where visitors can enjoy an authentic Mississippi River riverboat cruise. In the southern region of the state, don't miss the city of Champaign, magnificent Lake Shelbyville, and Springfield's Lincoln Home National Historic Site. Don't miss exploring the Presidential Trail, more popular than ever now that Illinois has produced its fourth U.S. President. See the historical influences and sites of Presidents Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, and Obama. Illinois is the perfect place for family fun, outdoor adventures and rich history. Discover what Illinois tourism has to offer to the travelers with Illinois travel guide.

No travel to Illinois would be complete without a stay in Chicago, and the city is a perfect place to begin your adventure. Allow as many days as possible to savor the creatively charged urban atmosphere combined with small-town friendliness. The city is most conveniently explored neighborhood-by-neighborhood. Each section has its own unique charm, rich character, and incredibly diverse attractions. 

The Loop is a good starting place for a fascinating cultural expedition. This downtown neighborhood features such giants as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum Campus, Grant Park, Millennium Park, and the city's world-famous theater district. Public art abounds along the city's streets, especially along The Loop. Don't miss the famous “Cloud Gate” installation in Millennium Park. Head to the Chinatown neighborhood for unique shops, exotic restaurants and rich culture. The renowned and incredibly affluent Gold Coast community, once known as the Astor Street District, offers an array of upscale entertainment, gourmet dining and couture shopping options. The Lakeview area features Wrigley Field, the “off-Loop” theater district, an assortment of restaurants and entertainment venues, and “Boys Town,” the center of Chicago's vibrant gay culture.¬†Visit Barack Obama's former home of Hyde Park, containing the University of Chicago campus, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Frank Lloyd Wright's historic Robie house.

Once you've wearied of the dazzling city lights, head away from the city toward Utica in northern Illinois. Starved Rock State Park showcases an incredibly tranquil atmosphere featuring several sparkling waterfalls and deep canyons. Explore on foot, rent a horse for a guided tour, or simply relax and enjoy with a narrated trolley tour of the park's accessible highlights. Cross-country skiing and ice climbing are possible during the winter months. The northern region of the state hosts several incredible resorts including Eagle's Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena, named best golf resort in the Midwest. Chestnut Mountain Resort, also in Galena is one of the country's top-rated ski resorts, with challenging runs, a snowboarding park and night skiing events. Families will enjoy Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort's unbelievable enormous indoor waterpark with thrilling water slides, carnival rides and a miniature golf course.


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